The Best TV for Video Games

The Best TV for Video Games

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Our pick

Samsung RU8000

Samsung RU8000

The best TV for video games

The Samsung RU8000 LCD 4K TV offers low input lag, HDMI 2.1 support, and good picture quality at a price that won’t break the bank.

Buying Options

$850 from Amazon
(65-inch)

We like the Samsung RU8000 LCD/LED 4K TV for gaming because, in addition to its very low input lag (which means less time between when something happens in the game and when you see it on your screen), it is one of only a handful of TVs to offer support for HDMI 2.1, which includes features that specifically benefit gaming. Automatic low latency mode (ALLM) allows the TV to automatically enable game mode when it’s paired with newer game consoles, so you spend less time futzing with menus and more time playing games. This set also offers features that enhance the motion quality of games and make it easier for you to see enemies in dark spaces and get a leg up on the competition. Plus, we like that the RU8000’s built-in smart-TV platform lets you control your game console with the TV remote. The RU8000’s contrast ratio, peak brightness, and color accuracy don’t rival those of the best 4K TVs we’ve tested for video quality, so there are better choices if TV and movie watching are your priorities. For gamers, this TV is great.

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Upgrade pick

LG C9

LG C9

Great for gaming and everything else

The LG C9 OLED 4K TV delivers a superb-looking image, even in game mode, and its fast response time, reduced motion blur, and full HDMI 2.1 support make it great for gaming.

Buying Options

$2,197 from Amazon
(65-inch)

May be out of stock

$2,497 from Abt

May be out of stock

If you want the best gaming experience and the best overall picture quality—and you’re willing to pay more to get them—the LG C9 OLED 4K TV has you covered. It delivers the best overall image quality, it has the lowest input lag of all the TVs we tested this year, and like the Samsung RU8000 it supports all the HDMI 2.1 gaming features. Because it’s an OLED TV instead of an LCD, it offers faster response times with less motion blur, delivering a clearer image, and it provides wider viewing angles for gaming with friends, but it’s typically about twice the price of the RU8000. Some people worry about image retention on an OLED TV, but based on the results we’ve seen in tests performed by Rtings and HDTVTest (video), we’re comfortable recommending the C9 for gaming.

Budget pick

TCL 5-Series

TCL 5-Series

A great gaming TV under $500

Low input lag, a wider color gamut, and support for automatic low latency mode make the affordable 5-Series LCD TV a great choice for video games.

Buying Options

$410 from Amazon
$610 from Staples

If you want good gaming performance on a budget, the TCL 5-Series offers some of the same desirable gaming traits as our pricier picks, including low input lag and automatic low latency mode. With a Roku smart-TV interface for easy streaming, a high contrast ratio, and an accurate image in the preset Movie picture mode, the 5-Series also makes a great general-purpose TV (it’s our pick for the best 4K TV on a budget). It lacks some advanced features, such as local dimming, a 120 Hz refresh rate, and a smooth-motion mode for gaming, but it does a good job for a low price.

Also great

Samsung Q80R

Samsung Q80R

For a very bright viewing space

The Samsung Q80R 4K LCD TV offers the same gamer-friendly features as the RU8000 but has a higher contrast ratio and peak brightness, a better anti-reflective filter, and a much higher price tag.

Buying Options

Buy from Amazon
(65-inch)

May be out of stock

*At the time of publishing, the price was $1,800.

If your room has lots of direct sunlight that can wash out an image, or if you don’t want to use an OLED TV for gaming, Samsung’s Q80R LED/LCD 4K TV offers the exact same gaming features as the Samsung RU8000 but adds full-array local dimming and a higher peak brightness for improved picture quality with both SDR and HDR sources. It also has a best-in-class anti-reflective filter, so you’ll see fewer distracting reflections on the screen in a bright room. But it comes with a huge price increase over the RU8000.

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Source: The NY Times
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